Fury leaves Ferguson fuming

North Queensland coach Ian Ferguson described his team's defending against Sydney FC as 'amateurish' and also felt it was 'men against boys' at times.

The contrast was obvious.

One was beyond content, the other left scratching his head.

Ian Ferguson had reason to be optimistic.

North Queensland was coming off a good win against Adelaide United and had already beaten Sydney FC in the harbour city, thanks to a wonder goal from Robbie Fowler.

This time, however, Ferguson's side was on the receiving end of a 4-1 thumping.

Never one to mince his words, the former Rangers great described his team's defending as 'amateurish' and also felt it was 'men against boys' at times.

"They (Sydney) won everything, they had good movement up front, won all the second balls and the battles across the park," he said.

"I certainly didn't see that effort (from us) coming, we were great last week."

"Maybe it was the travel, I don't know, but the way we self destructed simply isn't good enough."

"We will have to go back to the drawing board and work on our basic defensive shape."

Sydney FC coach Vitezslav Lavicka revealed he told his players they had to play with a different style after their capitulation at the hands of the Jets last week.

Staring down the barrel of four straight defeats, he demanded a commanding performance in front of the home fans.

"Last week wasn't good enough, the boys knew that and I am happy with how they responded," he said.

"All week at training we spoke about working as a unit and starting well."

"We did that and had two goals by half-time."

"Even though we did concede from a set piece, overall I am pretty happy."

John Aloisi took the opportunity to pay tribute to the character in the sheds.

"A few people have said we lack leaders, but I disagree," he said.

"Tonight we controlled the match from start to finish and played some good football."

"The challenge now is to be consistent, we are only three points off Melbourne. We have a number of tough games the next month, starting with Wellington away."

"It is a great opportunity to go on a run and pull away from the chasing pack."